Thursday, May 10, 2007

Tracking shots.

Via the always fine Fimoculous, I got to this fine article on Daily Film Dose, documenting the great long tracking shots in film history. Touch of Evil, Boogie Nights, Good Fellas, The Passenger...this is as fine a sampling as you are likely to see collected anywhere. (I nominate the opening shot from Prospero's Books by the way!)

Anyway, it's reason enough to enjoy this fantastic scene from Alfonso Cuaron's vastly underrated Children of Men. It's not even the most bravura shot of its kind in the movie, and still, it packs more geeked-up filmic punch than most of the crap at the cinemaplex right now. And, apparently, the whole thing was pulled off with a simple camera rig and a lot of patience (though, at the end of the shot, you'll see that whatever camera rig sat atop the car is gone).

Oh, by the way, this scene contains a fairly HUGE SPOILER. So, don't watch if you haven't seen the movie and plan to:

4 comments:

Blogs t r e t c h said...

My god that movie was so effing good.

Thehairyape said...

the x files episode "triangle" also features not one, but two long tracking shots - act 1 to first commercial and second act. No cuts until act 3. act one is nice, but act 2 is more impressive since they get into an elevator and change floors.

Anonymous said...

video is very good

Justin said...

One of the most underrated movies in recent history with absolutely sick sick SICK camerawork.

Why wasn't this movie more appreciated? Was it the because of the release date and the $4 they spent on promos?

Anybody have an idea?